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Philip



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PostPosted: Wed May 20 15 10:48 pm    Post subject: Fire box dividers??? Reply with quote

Yay or Nay?????


Does anyone run the Fire box dividers???

What works better....solid box with open bottom or open all around???

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PostPosted: Wed May 20 15 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you talking about a charcoal basket??? Question
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 15 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah............
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 15 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always meshed the sides and bottom. I don't have a reason for it other than thinking that more access to air the better considering possible ash build up.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 15 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK............open it is, I believe that air flow is important to a fire too..... Shocked


So........Do you use dividers in your charcoal box???

Are they worth the trouble???

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PostPosted: Thu May 21 15 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to run a charcoal maze through your charcoal basket then it's worth doing, you need 3/4 - 1" spacing between the walls of a maze, or you will get heat jump.

By working with a maze, you can often get as long as 3.5 - 4 hours before you need to refill and some folks learn to refill just before they loose the existing coals and then get a back burn through the maze.

If you are running more of a wood fire than a charcoal one, then a maze is not really going to help out that much.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21 15 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a coal basket with a Vee I made that looks like a fireplace grate.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21 15 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phillip,

I tried the dividers in my basket and didn't get any gain from them. My cooker ended up being a fuel hog and either way I went I got 2-1/2 to 3 hour burn per basket. I think the guys running UDS's get better results and much slower burn times. YMMV.

Here's the basket per SoEzzy's specs.


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PostPosted: Thu May 21 15 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My baskets internal dimensions are 17" x 15" x 8".

Reverse flow offset smoker..

I also plan on running a stoker on this particular cooker.

I`m thinking I`ll run charcoal with some wood on top....

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PostPosted: Thu May 21 15 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a pic of my set up.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23 16 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Here is a pic of my set up.


KAM, I was thinking about doing something similar to this, do you feel like it helps? My fire box is 24" pipe, sometimes when a split burns down, my coal base spreads out and I feel like I lose some efficiency. Not really having major problems, but I'm always looking for things to tweak.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23 16 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the way it contains my coals and keeps my coal base compact instead of spreading around.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24 16 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
I love the way it contains my coals and keeps my coal base compact instead of spreading around.


Awesome, I might borrow that design from you, I'll give you the credit if anyone asks Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 24 16 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JLCBBQ wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:
I love the way it contains my coals and keeps my coal base compact instead of spreading around.


Awesome, I might borrow that design from you, I'll give you the credit if anyone asks Smile

Laughing Ok good deal. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 26 16 7:47 am    Post subject: update to firebox from K.A.M. request Reply with quote

K.A.M. , that V configuration on the firebox. It still working out best or have you found a better method?
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PostPosted: Thu May 26 16 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: update to firebox from K.A.M. request Reply with quote

shadowrunner762 wrote:
K.A.M. , that V configuration on the firebox. It still working out best or have you found a better method?

I am using it on both my cookers and love it. To date I have not found a better method for my needs.
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